Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Breadfruit: The Next Food Source?

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Breadfruit has been a vital crop in the Pacific for over 3,000 years. The tree grows throughout the Pacific Islands, except for New Zealand and Easter Island. With more than 80% of the world's hungry live in tropical and subtropical regions, could this be a viable food source?



Breadfruit or 'ulu (in Hawaiian)

Breadfruit trees grow easily in a wide range of areas
with little care. Within 3-5 years, trees begin to bear fruit.


I wish the diva plants in my yard were
that easy to care for...



Town Restaurant
Honolulu
Chef Ed Kenney

Shinsato Farm Pork Belly
wrapped loin with 'ulu mash and bitter greens


One of the ways that I've seen Breadfruit ('ulu)
served in restaurants
and very tasty



Ian Cole
Hana, Maui

Explaining what Breadfruit is and why it's important.

There are about 280 trees in Hana and each
tree can produce up to 100 lbs per season.




Cooked Breadfruit

It has a bread-like texture, hence the name

It's high in protein and gluten-free!
A good source of dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium
with small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and iron.


I'm not a nutritionist, but
so far it sounds good to me



Ian showing us what it looks like inside



It even looks like bread




Breadfruit was a major ingredient at this year's Ag Fest


Pan-Fried Smoked Salmon-'Ulu Cake
with Tapioca Tartar Sauce

Chef: Riko Bartolome - Private Chef - Kapalua
Farmer: Ian Cole - The Breadfruit Institute - Hana
Main Ingredient: Breadfruit ('ulu)


For More on
Grand Taste Education
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Click Here for the Ag Fest Overview



With Ian Cole at Ag Fest 2012
(Mahalo to Sugar + Shake for the pic)


Besides Breadfruit contributing as a sustainable food source,
the trees improve soil conditions and the watersheds,
AND aids in the reduction of CO2 gases.


Could this be the
Next Food Source?



Mahalo!
Ian Cole
The Breadfruit Institute


For more information on
www.ntbg.org


NOTE: I was a guest of the Maui Visitors Bureau and their partners.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.




Photos by Jay Terauchi
*Photo by Sugar + Shake
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